Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Its been a few days, and they have been cooking free. Monday night my husband celebrated a mates birthday and i stayed home with an unwell little man, so i just ate leftovers. Yesterday Melbourne's annual event Melbourne Cup meant that I spend the day celebrating (sitting outside with the spit going and enjoying great company and food) to later watch 'the race that stops the nation' or at least Melbourne at 3pm. We stayed on and stuffed ourselves some more with leftovers, so that meant another kitchen free day. Today has been pretty busy, and i didn't really feel like cooking. So i opened up Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals and found a quick and easy recipe, that I whipped up quite quickly! Of course I changed the recipe around a little to suit our tastes and what we had in the pantry.


2 chicken breasts
1 tbs honey
a few sprigs fresh rosemary
olive oil
salt and pepper
2 corn cobs
1 cinnamon stick
250g rice (I used red rice)
600ml chicken stock
1 tin red kidney beans
1 small onion
small bunch fresh thyme
2 fresh bay leaves
big pinch ground cloves
big pinch ground nutmeg
big pinch allspice
6 tbs brandy
6 tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 tbs honey
1/2 dried chili
4 cloves garlic

Boil the kettle, set oven to 200 C put a large frying pan on high, put a large saucepan on high.

Cut chicken through the middle but leave it attached at the top. drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper on both side. Place in hot pan.

Put corn in saucepan with 1 tsp salt and cover with boiling water.

Put all marinades ingredients in food processor and whizz up. Pour in bottom of small baking dish and place chicken on top, skin side up. Drizzle honey on top and place fresh rosemary on top put in oven.

Drain corn and put in the frying pan used for chicken and blister all over until slightly charred. Remove when ready.

Put cinnamon, rice, stock and beans in pan used for corn and bring to boil, cover and simmer for 12 minutes turn off and allow to sit for 10 minutes.


If I had more time I would have made more veggies, but I wasn't in the mood for thinking too hard so just followed the recipe, minus the original salad that i couldn't be bothered making. The flavours in the chicken were sensational! The rice was ok but suited the chicken dish well. Plain rice would be just as great.

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